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Timeshift Service E4 +1
Launched: 18 January 2001
Audience Share (Aug 2004[1] (http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/monthreports.cfm?report=monthgmulti)): 0.8%

(0.3%)

Owned By:Channel 4 Corporation
Web Address:www.e4.com
Availability
Terrestrial Analogue: Not Available
Terrestrial Digital:Freeview Channel 14/39
Satellite:Sky Digital Channel 163/164
Cable:NTL Channel 144/145

Telewest Channel 144

E4 is a British digital television channel launched as a pay-tv companion to Channel 4 on 18 January 2001. The "E" officially stands for entertainment, and the channel is mainly aimed at the lucrative 18 - 35 age group. Programming includes US imports such as Friends, ER, The OC, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives and Scrubs, sometimes premiering on E4 before being broadcast on Channel 4, plus lots of home-grown chat and reality shows.

Every year, whilst the Big Brother game show airs, E4 devotes much of its schedule to Big Brother programming such as live coverage from inside the house, interactive features that give access to additional camera angles within the house, Big Brother voting options and Big Brother "catch up" shows (i.e., repeats). Big Brother coverage is among the highest rating programming on the channel, and comes at a time when most of the years American imports have ended.

On 16 December 2004, Channel 4 announced that it would move the subscription channel to Freeview, effectively making the channel free to air, This took place on 27 May 2005.

In May 2005, It started to air "First Look", where you could see the next episode of a programme in advance. This, however, only covers C4 Drama for the meanwhile, effectively Hollyoaks and novel-to-TV series Sugar Rush

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